Symptoms of Being Human

Author: Garvin, Jeff
Pub. Date: 2016
Pages: 352
List Price: 21.99
Suggested Grades: 9 to 12
FICTION – (Included in the Secondary Package – hardcover)

NOTE: ***Not Canadian – but a great read***

“Riley Cavanaugh is many things: Punk rock. Snarky. Rebellious. And gender fluid. Some days Riley identifies as a boy, and others as a girl. But Riley isn’t exactly out yet. And between starting a new school and having a politico father running for reelection in an ├╝ber-conservative riding, the pressure-media and otherwise-is building up in Riley’s life.

On the advice of a therapist, Riley starts an anonymous blog to vent those pent-up feelings and tell the truth of what it’s really like to be a gender fluid teenager. But just as Riley’s starting to settle in at school-even developing feelings for a mysterious outcast-the blog goes viral, and an unnamed commenter discovers Riley’s real identity, threatening exposure. And Riley must make a choice: walk away from what the blog has created-a lifeline, new friends, a cause to believe in-or stand up, come out, and risk everything.

From debut author Jeff Garvin comes a powerful and uplifting portrait of a modern teen struggling with high school, relationships, and what it means to be a person.”

Kirkus Review “Overall, a welcome mirror for gender-fluid teens and a helpful introduction for others.”